New Calochortus species (new to us)
Thanks to excellent trip reports on the Facebook CNPS group, we found this Mariposa lily at the edge of the gravel Cactus Flat Road off Highway 18. A great start. We walked around the area and found dozens and dozens more.
The rich, saturated color was a pleasure to see. The elegant shape added to the pleasure. This flower had a contrasting cream color at the edge of the sepals. Sure, the sepals were aging and curling at the edges but the effect was very pretty.
The next day we drove west from Lake Isabella west on Hwy 155 toward the Central Valley. We were looking for a new fritillary and the Five Spot nemophilia. We didn't find either but we found a couple of dozen Purple globe lilies. We stopped at an elbow bend where there was likely to be water coming down the slope. At the edge of the turnout, I spotted something pink under vegetation. It was a globe lily!